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 Kalynivka explosions caused by sabotage act at Grads BM-21 storage area, - Butusov

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Experts of the military prosecutor's office of the Defense Ministry led by chief inspector of the Ministry, Lieutenant General Ruslan Khomchak are finishing the work on finding the circumstances of the explosions at the 48th arsenal in Kalynivka. The primary lead has been established.

Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote on Facebook.

He said Censor.NET sources say that the explosions were caused by a sabotage act at one of the storage areas for Grads BM-21.

"This was definitely a sabotage act. However, preliminary investigation completely disproves a statement by presidential adviser Yurii Biriukov that the storage was blown up with a bomb from a drone," the journalist wrote.

"The experts concluded its was a ground sabotage act that, in violation of all storage regulations and instructions prescribed by inspections, led to explosion of half of the ammo held in the depot," Butusov said.

"So the matter of organizing and storing ammunition is being studied... Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has tasked to present conclusions of the commission by Oct. 25," Butusov wrote and reminded that the explosion of 3,500 tons of ammunition in Svatove led to dismissal of deputy chief of the General Staff, while the explosion of 90,000 tons of ammo in Balakliia and 30,000 tons in Kalynivka led to no resignations.

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As reported, on Sept. 26 at around 10 p.m., State Emergency Service was reported of ammunition explosions in the military depot of the Defense Ministry in Kalynivka village. A Censor.NET source said that the explosions were heard in the village, and ammo was seen flying over the depot. The Kalynivka depot is more than 1,000 ha and packed with ammunition of various types.

As of 10 a.m. Sept. 27, more than 30,000 people have been evacuated. For that purpose, 50 buses, 10 ambulances, and Emergency Service psychologists were involved. Two people were traumatized and taken to hospitals.
 
 
 
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